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People Press Play
People Press Play
Morr Music
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Imagine if Norah Jones sang along the same styles as The Postal Service/Death Cab For Cutie mixed with some of the same scratchy production of Antlerand - that would give you an idea of the ethereal electronic-pop sounds of People Press Play. The Copenhagen foursome came to be when the 3 Danish wizards of electronica Thomas Knak, Anders Remmer, and Dub Tractor joined forces with vocalist Sarah Savery and became People Press Play.

The band has really come up with a fantastic combination of the velvety vocals of Savery and the subtle, yet powerful electronic sounds which progressively entwine themselves together to form strong cohesive tracks. There is an Eno-esque feel to many tracks with their smooth melodies and unobtrusive electronic sounds, yet it couldn't quite be classified as ambient. "These Days" sounds like a song out of Ben Gibbard's (Death Cab For Cutie) own songbook with its use of bright electronic sounds with a pop feel to it. Album opener "Girl" is a pulsating swirl of chords and driving beats which you might hear in a trendy club while sipping some drink you can't even pronounce. "Hanging On" is another masterpiece which fills all the space with resonating, somewhat diminished tones during the chorus, yet at most other times the soft, lazy vocals of Savery are left to fend for themselves with only minimal backing.

This album is on par with the work of bands that have been around for years, yet it is the debut album of a newly formed band. If you are at all inclined towards electronica, trip hop, downtempo etc, make sure this album is high on your list because won't find a better new downtempo release than this.

-Liger Woods


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